Pushing Daisies

Season 1 Episode 7

Smell of Success

Aired Saturday 10:00 PM Nov 21, 2007 on ABC
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Episode Summary

Ned, Emerson, and Chuck's next case involves an olfactory assistant who was killed when her scratch-'n'-sniff book combusted.

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  • A woman dies from scratch n' sniff

    The gang investigate a death by explosion from scratch n' sniff. It turns out the suspected killer may be le nez's once best friend and now enemy who lives in the sewers. Le Nez has his car explode in front of him. Chuck and Olive find the guy come to the Pie Hole and it turns out hes innocent and Le Nez's just doing these near deaths to promote his new book. Ned finds out as well and Le Nesz tries to kill Emerson and Ned. The guy who lives in the sewer (i will now call him mole man) saves emerson and ned and npotices something about chuck, something he will find out.moreless
  • Scratch and sniff murder mystery.

    There are enough reviews of what happens in this episode so I won't go into that here. What I would like to comment on is the overall artistic beauty of this show. Ned's powers don't belong in the real world. Putting him in a world of intense colors, uncrowded streets, retro-cool costumes, and high calorie foods the likes of which don't exist anywhere else in Prime Time was a stroke of pure genius. The sequence of the aunt's return to water after their long, self imposed hiatus was not only heartfelt, but visually stunning as well. With all the reality shows taking center stage now, it's nice to have a show like Pushing Daisies to remind us how important creativity and effort is to enjoyable television.moreless
  • Another great episode with a great story !

    I think is just amazing how the writers of this show keep coming up with such interesting, different, new, funny, dramatic stories.

    Each episode is more intriging than the last and the case is more unique, and i do watch a lot of series, and i never saw something so different.

    This episode was like that, a guy that writes a book about the influence that a smell can have in your life and then first it looks like someone is trying to kill him, but we find out that he is doing that for publicity.

    Great eppy, just one thing i didnt liked, the end with the singing, that was kinda lame.moreless
  • So far a great step ahead!

    A really great step ahead for this freshman show as we see the people from the Pie shop go and find a obituary assistant in which they died from a scratch and smiff thing. And that it was filled with cigarettes for some reason. Paul Reubens is cleary a scene stealer as I hope that they bring him back for more shows. As he does clearly just that. Meanwhile, we find out that Chuck has a beehive while Ned doesn't know why she is obsessed with bees and honey. As he doesn't like surprises as we see. Despie their so-called nervousness around each other. These two make a great chemistry so far.moreless
  • An episode entirely based around the sense of smell sends the quirk factor of this show into overdrive.

    This episode of Pushing Daisies quite literally had me rolling. From the absurdity of the topic (olfactory mood generation?) to the superb performances as usual from the cast, "Smell Of Success" was a definite success, making it one of the better episodes of the first season.

    There were a lot of references in this episode, some obvious and others not so much. I think this added to the strenghts of the episode, because it's funny when certain shows on TV reference other shows and movies from pop culture and do it well enough to make it all interesting. The Olive/Ned/Chuck triangle didn't really have anymore major developments, but the continued interactions between the characters are fun and entertaining.

    The best part of this episode is that we may finally get to see an earlier episode connect directly into a new one. It seemed as if the newly introduced character of Oscar Vibenius is going to come into play in the very next episode, even.

    Like other reviewers, I think the Darling Mermaid Darlings story needs some fine tuning. The aunts of Chuck haven't really been characters or been developed well enough for their stories to be interesting--they've just served as a sort of springboard for other characters' growth. However, hopefully the writers of Pushing Daisies have something in mind to bring them into play. It should be interesting to watch.

    Only a couple of episodes left before the writers' strike begins to affect Pushing Daisies, so hopefully it can stay strong before the finish.moreless
Lee Pace

Lee Pace


Anna Friel

Anna Friel

Charlotte "Chuck" Charles

Chi McBride

Chi McBride

Emerson Cod

Jim Dale

Jim Dale


Ellen Greene

Ellen Greene

Vivian Charles

Swoosie Kurtz

Swoosie Kurtz

Lillian "Lily" Charles

Paul Reubens

Paul Reubens

Oscar Vibenius

Guest Star

Christopher Sieber

Christopher Sieber

Napoleon LeNez

Guest Star

Tim Conlon

Tim Conlon

Chas Spielman

Guest Star

Field Cate

Field Cate

Young Ned

Recurring Role

Tina Gloss

Tina Gloss

Ned's Mother

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • For the shot of the new menus that include Chuck's cup pies, we see that the text for each flavor of pie is in all capital letters. However the second flavor (key lime) does not follow this format; it only capitalizes K and L.

    • When Lily and Vivian are about to swim, their positions (left and right side of the screen) change during shots.

    • Trivia: The slide of Young Chuck, which Lily and Vivian admire, shows Chuck wearing a "Jews For Cheeses" shirt. In a bit of planned irony, Jews for Cheeses is a homophone for Jews for Jesus.

    • Trivia: Napoleon LeNez's last name is French for "the nose."

  • QUOTES (27)

    • Ned: Do you really think people can change their lives by smelling the right smell.
      Emerson: If so, I'm getting me some cash potpourri.

    • Vivian: Chlorine. Lily used to say it reminded her of bottled sunshine.
      Lily: Now it reminds me of children without bladder control.

    • Chuck: That is pungent!
      Emerson: Yeah. Pungent like fried chicken grilled on a bed of hair.

    • Vivian: I think it's brave to try to be happy.

    • Olive: (watching TV) Look, there's the killer.
      (Oscar walks into The Pie Hole)
      Chuck: Look, there's the killer.
      Olive: Oh, Lord.

    • Emerson: LeNez's about to make a statement. And as witnesses to the most recent attempt on his life, we also have to make a statement. And that we don't include you.
      Chuck: Why not? I witnessed the latest attempt.
      Emerson: That don't change the fact that there's a grave out there that you're supposed to be in. What're you gonna tell people when they ask you who you are?
      Chuck: I'll say that I'm somebody that I'm not.
      Emerson: Oh! "Hey somebody, can I see some ID?"
      Chuck: Oh! Then I'll be polite and say, "Oh, I'm sorry I forgot my purse and I've got no pockets."
      Emerson: Uh huh… well, "Hey somebody see, now I'm gonna need to see some ID on the count that you look just like that dead girl that got herself killed on that tropical cruise."
      Ned: Okay, if that happens I'll say something like "What is this? A police state?" (pause) If I ever say that it means I'm having a panic attack.

    • Vivian: Lily doesn't believe in water anymore, she thinks it's a waste of a perfectly good tumbler.

    • Olive: Look carefully, ladies; this is your future.
      Lily: Is it vodka?
      Olive: Water.
      Lily: As in Russian for vodka?

    • Ned: I've had girlfriends but there were always extraneous factors.

    • Emerson: (about Ned's love life) I must admit I am curious. Hell, before dead girl came along, I didn't know what you liked, or if you liked, or if you had anything to like with. For all I know, you could have been one of those people who was born with both but didn't use either.

    • Anita: Am I going to see my grandma now?
      Emerson: As far as you know.
      Ned: That's a yes!

    • Annita: Is God mad at me?
      Chuck: No, no, God is not mad at you.
      Ned: Somebody's mad at somebody.

    • Ned: It's The Pie Hole, not The Cupcake Hole.

    • Ned: Surprise has never been a very good word for me.

    • Narrator: The mere sight of each other left the Pie Maker and the girl named Chuck feeling exactly like they wanted to feel: safe and warm and loved.

    • Chuck: Ned!
      Ned: Chuck!
      Napoleon: Oscar!
      Oscar: Napoleon!
      Olive: Hi, Emerson.
      Emerson: (unimpressed) Hey, Olive.

    • Chuck: He said I smelled like honey.
      Oscar: Like you've been dipped in it. (smells Chuck's wrist) There's something else you smell like.
      Chuck: I know. Death. It's my perfume.
      Oscar: You're not wearing perfume. No. This isn't death. It's something else altogether.

    • Oscar: You'd be surprised what you can hear when you press your ear to the right pipe.

    • (Lily offers Olive a pair of her swim fins)
      Olive: I can wear them? You mean it? On my feet?
      Lily: Unless you're cursed with a sixth toe. You're not, are you?
      Olive: No, no. Five fingers. Five toes. Us Snooks are boring that way. I had a cousin with a third nipple. He'd let you see it for a dollar.
      Vivian: How fascinating.
      Lily: And a bargain, too.

    • Emerson: Your book was a bomb.
      Napoleon: Who are you to criticize my life's work?!
      Emerson: Your book was a bomb. It exploded.

    • Narrator: Anxious to sniff out more information, our heroes sought out Napoleon LeNez, scratch-'n-sniff author, in his suite above the city and immediately found themselves in an alarming situation.
      Napoleon: Do not be alarmed by the situation.

    • Narrator: Private investigator Emerson Cod was enjoying the latest issue of Knit-Wit magazine. His literary outlet for knitting humor.

    • Chuck: You know, you could do with loosening up a bit.
      Ned: I don't do loose. I prefer tightly wound. Not shapeless with extra room for surprises.

    • (Ned almost runs into Chuck)
      Chuck: Maybe I should wear a bell.
      Ned: Actually...
      Chuck: I'm not wearing a bell.

    • Olive: Oh, isn't it great we can joke? Now that we know that there's nothing going on between us and never was. It can be funny. I bet this sort of thing happens all the time between adults. Mixed romantic messages. In no time we'll be looking back and laugh until we wet the rug. Which we'll then want to shampoo. Couple times. Possibly three, depending on what we been drinking.

    • Emerson: Death by scratch-'n'-sniff. What the hell happened to people shooting each other with guns?

    • Ned: We're not lost. We're following the yellow thick hose.

  • NOTES (6)

    • This episode was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Hairstyling For A Single-camera Series.

    • International Airdates:
      Denmark: March 14, 2008 on SBS Net
      Latin America: May 22, 2008 on Warner Channel
      The Netherlands: September 23, 2008 on Net 5
      Belgium: November 19, 2008 on VT4
      Germany: December 3, 2008 on ProSieben
      Greece: December 20, 2008 on Star
      Finland: March 3, 2009 on Sub
      Australia: May 19, 2009 on W
      Sweden: August 2, 2009 on TV3
      Czech Republic: February 14, 2010 on Prima
      Slovakia: August 3, 2010 on Markiza

    • The title card has changed. Instead of a bunch of daisies in a field forming the title, now a finger touches a dead daisy with the title on it and the camera goes underground with the roots of the daisy forming the words "Created by Bryan Fuller".

    • Field Cate is listed in the opening guest credits for the first time.

    • Vivian Charles sings Morning Has Broken by Eleanor Farjeon in 1922. The song was popularized by Cat Stevens in the early 1970s.

    • Although not listed in the credits, Sammi Hanratty (Young Chuck) makes a brief appearance in this episode in her aunts' stereoscopic slides.


    • The scene where LeNez is sniffing Ned and subsequently causes Chuck to giggle is a reference to the classic 1964 film Mary Poppins. Chuck is giggling when LeNez is sniffing Ned, and he moves swiftly toward her, which makes her stop giggling instantly. In Mary Poppins, Mary is measuring Michael and says something, which causes Jane to giggle. But as soon as Mary moves over to Jane to measure her, Jane stops giggling instantly.

    • Lily: Now, for the love of Kukla, Fran, and Ollie...
      Referencing the early TV series, first seen in the late '40s, with Fran Allison as the human host and puppets Kukla (a clown-like figure) and Ollie (Oliver the Dragon). The original series ended in 1957. It was later brought back for CBS Children's Film Festival and a PBS series.

    • Batman
      Oscar Vibenius' first appearance in the sewer visually and musically evokes the Caped Crusader as presented by Tim Burton. Incidentally, Paul Reubens appeared in Tim Burton's Batman Returns.

    • Chuck: I'm not Quasimodo in the bell tower.
      In an extended metaphor, Chuck and Ned compare her living arrangements to that of the isolated title character of Victor Hugo's classic novel The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

    • Napoleon: When I suggested you gentlemen leave, I didn't mean the penthouse, but this mortal coil.
      Napoleon is paraphrasing Hamlet's famous soliloquy. Mortal coil refers to the world of the living. The original line is: "For in that sleep of death what dreams may come when we have shuffled off this mortal coil must give us pause."

    • Chuck: He said you were a C.H.U.D.
      Cannibalistic Humanoid Underground Dwellers were monsters created for the 1984 horror movie C.H.U.D.

    • Olive: What are the stages of death? Something, something, something, something, acceptance?
      Olive's unreliable memory is trying to reference Elizabeth Kubler-Ross's seminal book On Death and Dying (1969), where she first described the five stages of grief. The five stages are: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance.

    • Chuck: Let's follow the yellow thick hose.
      As made clear by the delivery of the characters, this quote is based on the famous lyric from the 1939 movie The Wizard of Oz: "Follow the yellow brick road."